Wednesday, March 20, 2013


I gave a small Spring Brunch last Saturday and thought I'd share some of the fun I had planning it.  I have to say, I love the "marinating" process of planning and execution of an event.  I enjoy having people in my home and feeding them!

Here's the menu...

Here's the recipe for the strata


1 pound breakfast sausage of your choice
3-4 cups shredded hashbrowns
8 eggs
1 cup shredded, sharp cheddar
1 can mushrooms
¾ teaspoons dry mustard
3 cups of milk, divided
1 cup of cottage cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Spread hashbrowns in a greased 9X13 pan.  Fry and drain sausage and layer over hashbrowns.  Drain mushrooms and layer over sausage.  Combine eggs, mustard, 2-1/2 cups of milk, and cottage cheese.  Pour over sausage mixture and sprinkle cheese over everything.  Refrigerate overnight.  Mix soup with ½ cup of milk and pour over the top of casserole just before baking.  Bake at 325o for 1-1/2 hours.

The yogurt parfaits started with granola on the bottom, Noosa Honey Yogurt, topped with strawberries and blueberries, and garnished with a mint leaf and a honey wafer.

I'm not ashamed to say, I purchased the strudel from a very accomplished baker and was not disappointed--it was delicious. 

The lemon loaf began with a cake mix.  Here's that recipe...

Lemon Loaves

1 box of lemon cake mix
4.3 ounce instant lemon pudding mix
½ cup applesauce (in place of oil)
4 large eggs
½ cup milk
8 ounces sour cream
the juice of half of a large lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 2 loaf pans with cooking spray. 

Place all cake ingredients into mixing bowl and beat until well combined.  Divide batter between the two loaf pans and spread evenly.  Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.  Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before removing from pans.

For glaze, zest & squeeze the juice of the other half of a large lemon and add powdered sugar to taste.  Score the top of each loaf or prick it with a fork and pour glaze over each loaf.  Let set till the glaze soaks into the loaves.

The bird's nest were super-simple.  They consist of 2 cups of butterscotch chips combined with 1 cup of peanut butter melted.   Add chow mein noodles and shape into nests.  I then added Jordan almonds to mimic eggs and added a marshmallow bird (Peeps).

Here is one of the place settings...

 The keep Spring in mind, each guest was invited to take a pansy home.

Thanks for reading.  Hope you enjoyed the party.  Let me know if you try a recipe or two.


  1. Oh wow- such a gorgeous tablescape and your recipes sound delish!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you try to recipes.

  2. yum! Robin what a beautiful table and I cannot wait to try the recipes.

  3. Your brunch table is so sweet and bright and cheery...Love the pretty yellow and white..and I love where the table is right beside the window with lots of light...I sure wish I had those beautiful yellow and white dishes.,,

    1. The dishes are about 35 years old! Wish you could have joined us!

  4. How pretty! I'm so dreaming of spring, and this really took me away for a few minutes at least ;).

    1. Thanks for the visit--I am glad it was refreshing. Come again.


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